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Robertson Draw Fire burned area near Grove Creek, June 18, 2021.
U.S. Forest Service

The National Interagency Fire Center Tuesday bumped the national preparedness level up a notch to its next-to-highest rating.

The agency says this is the second earliest it reached that level on the 1-5 scale since 1990. It's also only the fourth time in the last 20 years to reach that level in June.

Bison in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park visitors hoping to see its world-renowned geysers, wolves and bears can expect warmer temperatures and less snow as climate change alters the park's environment, according to a report by U.S. and university researchers released Wednesday.

Updated 6:45 p.m.

Gray wolf.
iStock

After legislation aimed at decreasing the wolf population passed this year, a five-member state commission will take the first steps on Thursday to decide how aggressively Montana will have wolves in its crosshairs. 

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Baseball Returns To MTPR. Sorta.

The annual baseball show (which has not been annual for around 10 years) is in the bullpen and ready to enter the game.

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New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic

Today the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces new grants for arts and culture organizations under President Biden's American Rescue Plan. The pandemic relief fund set aside $135 million for both the arts and humanities endowments, nearly double the amount that was available to cultural groups in President Trump's CARES Act. Eligibility requirements for NEA grants have also been modified to allow for a broader pool of applicants. At the height of the pandemic in 2020, 63% of...

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